6 Oct 2007

Qarase court case against the December coup delayed until Tuesday

9:21 am on 6 October 2007

The case brought by the deposed Fiji prime minister, Laisenia Qarase, challenging the overthrow of his government has been adjourned till Tuesday.

This is to allow more time for lawyers from both sides to agree on the facts to be adjudicated on and the witnesses to be called.

Radio Legend quotes Mr Qarase's local lawyer Tevita Fa as saying one of the matters in contention is whether the President's official secretary, Rupeni Naceva, can be called as a witness.

Lawyers for the defendants maintain that Mr Naceva was privy to privileged conversations and information relating directly to the actions of the president.

The case has been adjourned till Tuesday because Monday is the annual Fiji Day public holiday.